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Call for Papers: Toys as Cultural Artefacts in Ancient Greek and Roman Cultures: Anthropological and Material Approaches

20. February 2020, Philipp Weiss - Call for papers

International Conference
University of Fribourg (Switzerland), 22-24/06/2020

Toys as Cultural Artefacts in Ancient Greek and Roman Cultures: Anthropological and Material Approaches

The international conference "Toys as Cultural Artefacts", organized by the ERC Locus ludi research team, invites experts from different disciplines - anthropologists, archaeologists, philologists, art historians – to share reflections on the cultural notion of toy and playful experience in ancient Greece and Rome in a multidisciplinary and diachronic perspective. Linguistic and archaeological researches have elaborated on the continuities as well as on the differences between Antiquity and modern times. The aim is to develop these first observations in order to attempt to define the specificities of ancient playthings. The conference will debate the following questions in a comparative, diachronic and cross disciplinary approach:

Session 1

What is a “toy”? What do we mean by toy in a post-industrial contemporary society? and how was it defined in the past? Since when and how were playthings associated with a specific age group or gender? Adults have games, but what about toys? Archaeologically, can we define the distinctive features of such object in Classical antiquity (size, material, ergonomics, cheap or costly...)? Semiologically, when did specific terms appear to qualify them, and why? In the Greek lexicon, different words, from paignion to athurma, refer to playful experiences which could include what we call toys, but the contexts of use are different, such as artistic performances, verbal jokes, as well as erotic discourses. In the Latin vocabulary, only the adjective ludicrum may be associated with actions that we could translate, albeit inaccurately, with 'toy'. Archaeologically, how can it be identified?

Session 2

The toy stage in the biography of objects. As Sally Crawford (2009) demonstrated, any object can become a toy in the hands of a child, and it is thus impossible or very difficult to identify it without an archaeological context (cultic, funerary, domestic). Problematic too are terracotta replicas of objects found in tombs or sanctuaries. Why were such replicas of toys made, and can we distinguish the real artefact from its symbolical substitute? Similar reflections apply to miniature objects often associated with children, but with different functions according to time and space, some clearly distinct from play, as with defunctionalised miniature offerings (see Pallas 2011). Terracotta figurines of animals also belong to that debated category.

Session 3

Cheap or costly toys? self-made by children or caretakers, or products of specialists? More work should be undertaken to identify the making of playthings by children, their caretakers or specialised craftsmen. Did one play with self-made or manufactured artefacts? Written sources describe remarkable playthings that were made by specialists, such as the flying dove of Archytas or luxurious puppets. Some of these costly productions are literary fictions, but few surviving exceptional objects in bronze, amber or other precious material, such as an articulated bronze warrior, testify precious objects imitating what we would call toys. But are these toys?

Session 4

Playful rites or ritual play? How can we account for the complex relationship between playful activities on the one hand and religious and devotional experiences on the other in the ancient world? Apart from the so-called “dolls” are a key feature of sanctuary offerings, other playthings such as knucklebones, balls and spinning-tops were dedicated in sanctuaries, each with varying associations and manipulations to explore. Game and divinatory practices are contiguous, as displayed by dice and knucklebones which belong to objects able to activate divine action.

Session 5

The agency of toys: for the ancients, did toys generate a fictional universe, and did they possess a subjectivity? Toys participate to the construction of social identity. Did they differ according to age groups and gender? Did they promote interaction between children, siblings, or friends, between individuals of different sex or status? Did adults (child-minders or parents, mothers or fathers) play with children, and how? And where, in domestic, public or sacred spaces? On a more general level: did toys transmit cultural values shared by a Mediterranean koinê? and can we trace transmissions and transformations in later historical periods?


How to apply: Please send a title, abstract (300-500 words max.), a short bio-bibliography

Contact: and



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  • Capra, A. – Torre, C. (eds.), Percorsi della ludicità tra antico e modern, ACME 69.1 (2016), p. 9-100.
  • Crawford S., The Archaeology of Play Things: Theorising a Toy Stage in the 'Biography' of Objects, Childhood in the Past, 2, 2009, 55-70.
  • Dasen V. (éd.), Ludique. Jouer dans l’Antiquité, catalogue de l’exposition, Lugdunum, musée et théâtres romains, 20 juin-1er décembre 2019, Gent, 2019.
  • Dasen V. – Haziza T. (dir.), Dossier thématique Jeux et jouets, Kentron 34, 2018, 17-128.
  • Dasen V. –Schädler U. (dir.), Dossier thématique Jouer dans l’Antiquité. Identité et multiculturalité, Archimède. Archéologie et histoire ancienne, 6, 2019,71-212.
  • Gell, A., Art and Agency. An Anthropological Theory, Oxford 1998.
  • Kidd, S.E., Play and Aesthetics in Ancient Greece, Cambridge 2019.
  • Severi, C., L’objet-personne. Une anthropologie de la croyance visuelle, Paris 2017.
  • Smith, A. – M.E. Bergeron (eds.), The Gods of Small Things, Pallas 86, 2011.

Call for Papers: 3. Workshop des AK "Philosophie und Religion" der Gesellschaft für antike Philosophie

20. February 2020, Philipp Weiss - Call for papers

Gesellschaft für antike Philosophie, Universität Marburg, 19.06. - 20.06.2020

3. Workshop des AK "Philosophie und Religion" der Gesellschaft für antike Philosophie

Der Arbeitskreis ‚Philosophie und Religion‘ der GanPh unter der Leitung von Dr. Angela Ulacco (Universität Fribourg), Dr. Diego De Brasi (Universität Marburg) sowie PD Dr. Marko J. Fuchs (Universität Bamberg) bietet v.a. Nachwuchswissenschaftler*innen ein Forum, um sich mit dem Verhältnis und wechselseitigen Einfluss von Philosophie, Theologie und Religion in der Antike auseinanderzusetzen und sich damit mit einem Forschungsgebiet zu beschäftigen, das zentral für ein historisch und systematisch angemessenes Verständnis zahlreicher philosophischer Positionen dieser Epoche ist. Hauptziel des AK besteht demnach darin, sich denjenigen Texten zu widmen, die das Verhältnis von Religion, Theologie und Philosophie in der Antike – sei es von der klassischen Philosophie und traditionellen griechischen/römischen Kulten, sei es von der hellenistischen Philosophie und ägyptischen Kulten bzw. Judentum, sei es von der kaiserzeitlichen und spätantiken Philosophie und Gnosis, Hermetismus, Orakelliteratur sowie Christentum – beleuchten, und diese Texte historisch und systematisch zu interpretieren und zu kommentieren.

Thema des dritten Treffens des Arbeitskreises, ist Plutarchs Schrift Über Isis und Osiris. In diesem Text bietet Plutarch eine ‚philosophische‘ Analyse der Erzählung über Isis und Osiris und der ägyptischen Religion. Dabei präsentiert er unterschiedliche Interpretationen des Mythos und beurteilt deren Tragfähigkeit. So lehnt Plutarch Deutungen ab, nach denen Isis und Osiris vergöttlichte Menschen oder ‘Personifikationen’ von Naturphänomenen seien, und zieht diesen Auslegungen Interpretationen vor, die stark von der griechischen Kultur und insbesondere von der Philosophie Platons beeinflusst sind. In welchem Verhältnis die unterschiedlichen Argumentationsschritte und die zahlreichen Digressionen zueinanderstehen bzw. welche Aspekte des Mittelplatonismus Plutarchs in seiner Analyse der ägyptischen Religion einfließen sind nur einige der sowohl in philologischer als auch in religionsphilosophischer Hinsicht offenen Fragestellungen mit Blick auf diese Schrift. In einer Linie mit dem Profil und den Zielen des Arbeitskreises soll in diesem Treffen eine kooperative Arbeitsatmosphäre angestrebt werden, in der das ausgewählte Werk kommentiert wird. Dabei wird jeder Teilnehmer eine Sektion des Werkes historisch und systematisch einleiten und die Übersetzung bzw. kommentierende Lektüre und anschließende Diskussion moderieren.

Das dritte Treffen des Arbeitskreises wird in Kooperation mit der Deutschen Sektion der International Plutarch Society organisiert ( und findet in Marburg am 19.-20.06.2020 statt. Herr Prof. Dr. Rainer Hirsch-Luitpold (Bern) wird die Keynote Speech halten. Wir möchten überdies fünf Nachwuchswissenschaftler/innen die Möglichkeit bieten, an dieser Tagung teilzunehmen. Anfallende Kosten können teilweise übernommen werden.
Es dürfen bis zu drei Präferenzen (in einen Wunschrang von 1 bis 3) für entsprechende Sektionen des Werkes vorgeschlagen werden, die im Rahmen des Treffens gemeinsam gelesen und kommentiert werden sollen. Die Veranstalter werden anschließend eine Sektion pro Teilnehmer zuordnen.

Bitte schicken Sie bis zum 15.03.2020 die Rangliste mit Präferenzen im Umfang von max. 500 Wörtern sowie ein kurzes CV an, und



Diego De Brasi
Philipps-Universität Marburg,
Institut für Klassische Sprachen und Literaturen/Klassische Philologie
Wilhelm-Röpke-Str. 6D
35032 Marburg

Call for Papers: Correctness in Comparison. Negotiating Linguistic Norms in Greek from the Imperial Roman until the Later Byzantine period (I – XV AD)

13. February 2020, Philipp Weiss - Call for papers

International Conference
Institute for Medieval Studies of the Austrian Academy of Sciences,
Vienna, December 4-5, 2020

Correctness in Comparison.
Negotiating Linguistic Norms in Greek from the Imperial Roman until the Later Byzantine period (I – XV AD)

Linguistic correctness is a concept common to many, if not to all, linguistic systems. It primarily mirrors the basic need for speakers to share acknowledged rules for any form of communication to work. However, it can also have many other implications. For example, it can indicate a user’s (lack of) ability to express their thoughts in what is believed to be a standard language, and thus mark their social, geographical, etc. origins. Further, it can also show how certain social groups were influential in changing existing, or creating new, linguistic norms, etc.

The Greek language is unique among European languages because of the length of its written tradition, ranging from the first documents in the Linear B script (c. 1450 BC) to the present day, and represents an unparalleled terrain for linguistic studies. Among the issues in Greek linguistic theory, linguistic correctness, known as hellenismós, has earned a central status (Pagani 2014). Reflections on the concept can be found as early as the pre-Socratics, and are attested until the late Byzantine period and echoed in the debates on the Katharevousa in the 20th century.

Throughout the ages, hellenismós has been connected to various intellectual traditions: early discussions were framed in a philo­sophical line of thought, focusing, among other things, on the ‘correctness’ of nouns. Further, reflections on hellenismós can also be detected in the philological tradition, that is, the application of grammatical reflections to literary texts by the Alexandrian school. In the Hellenistic period, hellenismós featured as an object of theoretical speculation in the grammatical tradition: treatises on the criteria that can be used to establish correctness first made their appearance at that time.

In the rhetorical-stylistic tradition, too, hellenismós had a prominent role: it was con­sidered one of five virtutes dicendi by the Stoics. It is in this tradition, and in the work of Dionysius of Halicarnassus in particular, that the origins of ‘Atticism’ are usually situated, a movement that emerged during the Roman period and that searched for purity in vocabulary, as well as in morphology and syntax. This move­ment had a major impact on the then current conceptions of hellenismós: the main criterion for correctness became a canon of certain Classical authors, and the attitude changed from (positively) advocating Classical features to (negatively) rejecting anything non-Classical. Lin­guistic correctness, and the proper use of higher-register ‘Attic’ Greek more generally, became a hallmark of elite social identity, and played a pivotal – and very concrete – role in reshaping the inherited literary language.

For a long period of time, this later development, and its effects on linguistic and literary production, did not receive a lot of attention. Horrocks (2010:4), for example, describes how many of his predecessors viewed higher-register Greek ‘as an artificial construct devoid of interest for historical linguistics, a “zombie” language that was incompetently handled by its prac­titioners throughout its pseudo-his­tory’. In recent years, various relevant issues have been ad­dressed, including the consideration of high-register Medieval Greek as a worthy object of linguistic considerations in its own right (Hinterberger 2014); the value of metalinguistic resources such as scholia and textbooks (Gaul 2007; Cuomo 2017; Tribulato 2019); the influence of the lower on the higher register (Horrocks 2017a, 2017b); linguistic levels in non-literary sources (Bentein 2015); new digital approaches to measuring linguistic levels (Bozia 2016); etc. And yet, many other relevant issues remain to be ad­dressed.

The main aim of this conference is to consider the role and importance of linguistic correctness, hellenismós, in later periods of Greek, that is, from the Imperial Roman to the later Byzantine eras (first to fifteenth centuries AD).

Interested scholars are invited to submit proposals (600 words max.) for 30 min. papers on one of the suggested topics to MA Katharina Preindl at:, by May 31, 2020.


For more information, please check our website at

Medical Knowledge and its 'Sitz im Leben': Body and Horror in Antiquity

13. February 2020, Philipp Weiss - Aktuelles

International Conference
University of Kiel, Germany, 22-23 May 2020

Medical Knowledge and its 'Sitz im Leben': Body and Horror in Antiquity

The conference will explore ancient and modern concepts of horror with reference to the human body. Our aim is to examine how the body is processing, affectively as well as cognitively, a horrifying experience but also how it can turn itself into a source of horror, e.g. in contexts of sickness and death. While we are firmly aware of the fact that ‘horror’ as a (largely post-Romantic) concept is not unproblematic when applied to Greek and Latin texts, we will try to show that its classical antecedents/roots are definitely worthy of close consideration and help to shed light on the ways in which the horrific, as a category that shapes our encounter with various forms of art but also with life itself, is understood today.

List of speakers/titles:

  • Noёl Carroll (The Graduate Center, CUNY): “Philosophy, horror, and popular culture”
  • Giulia Maria Chesi (U. of Humboldt, Berlin): “Horror in the Odyssey: Polyphemus and Odysseus in comparison”
  • Debbie Felton (UMass, Amherst): “The ancient emotion of horror”
  • Maria Gerolemou (U. of Exeter): “Heracles’ automatic body: Madness, horror and laughter in Euripides’ HF
  • Lutz Alexander Graumann (Justus-Liebig-University Gießen, University Hospital): “Overcoming horror: faintness and medical agents. Some tentative thoughts on antiquity and today”
  • Lutz Käppel (U. of Kiel): “Roots of horror: Environment, bodies, societies”
  • George Kazantzidis (U. of Patras): “Horror and the body in early Greek paradoxography”
  • Dunstan Lowe (U. of Kent): “Hot and cold blood in Lucan’s Civil War
  • Nick Lowe (Royal Holloway, U. of London): “A terrible history of classica horror”
  • Glenn Most (Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa/U. of Chicago): “The horrific body in Sophocles”
  • Alessandro Schiesaro (U. of Manchester): “Apocalypse: Horror and divine pleasure”
  • Rodrigo Sigala (U. of Tübingen; independent scholar): “The thrilling forces behind horrific experiences: A neuroscientific approach”
  • Evina Sistakou (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki): “The visceral thrills of tragedy: Flesh, blood and guts off and on the tragic stage”
  • Dimos Spatharas (U. of Crete): “Enargeia, the lower senses and the abhorrent”
  • Chiara Thumiger (U. of Kiel): “Having guts”

Abstracts of papers and the finalized program will be uploaded soon in our website at:

For those who wish to attend: there is no registration fee, but please send an e mail to

Chiara Thumiger and

George Kazantzidis

Organizers: George Kazantzidis (U. of Patras) / Chiara Thumiger (U. of Kiel)

The conference is generously funded by the Exzellenzcluster ROOTS

Call for Papers: The Language of Colour in the Bible - From Word to Image

13. February 2020, Philipp Weiss - Call for papers

EABS (European Association of Biblical Studies) Annual Conference
Wuppertal, Germany, 3rd-6th August 2020

The Language of Colour in the Bible: From Word to Image

Red: Colour, Symbol, Emotion

Nowadays, the colour red is considered one of the basic colour terms of modern languages. The digital era allows the creation and nuancing of the various hues and shades it possesses. Its strength is such that today it forms part of logos, brands, announcements, road signs, etc. However, the expressive strength of the colour red is also found in antiquity. Curiously the Bible, which is characterized by its sober use of the language of colour, utilizes this colour through both direct (colour terms) and indirect (terms that themselves denote colour such as blood or fire) designations.

Their use not only imbues the text with colour but conveys various symbolic connotations. This happens both in the written text and in the different pictorial representations of the Bible.

As is well known, the Bible does not arise in a culture enclosed within itself. For this reason, it is relevant to study the colour red as it was used and interpreted in antiquity and in the subsequent centuries where we find the history of its reception.

For the 2020 conference, we are welcoming papers which study:

  • Colour terms related with the colour red in Antiquity (Hebrew, Hittite, Greek, Latin)
  • Metaphor and Symbolism of the colour red in the written text or in the artistic representations
  • Pigments and dyes used to elaborate the different hues of red
  • Restoration of artistic works and restitution of colours in religious painting

The call for papers is open until 20th February.

The link of the Workshop is:

The link of the Conference:

To submit your abstract click:

The chairs will communicate the acceptance of the proposal by March 12th.

Call for Papers: AG Römerzeit on "Roman Trade"

13. February 2020, Philipp Weiss - Call for papers

10th German Archaeology Congress
Kiel, 20-27 September 2020

AG Römerzeit on "Roman Trade", 23. -24. September 2020

"Trade" is considered an economic activity with the intention of making a profit. This includes manufacturing or processing activities in the craft sector as well as various services. We would like to put these everyday and nevertheless partly elusive aspects of Roman life up for discussion. Although the spectrum of topics should be as broad as possible, we would like to deliberately exclude the fields of pottery production and pottery trade.

At the 10th German Archaeological Congress in Kiel, the session AG Römerzeit will focus on the following aspects of Roman trade:

Features, finds and scientific analyses: How and on the basis of which characteristics does a feature indicate Roman trade? Which finds can be assigned to a trade and can they be used to specify features? In which cases can natural sciences be consulted?

Workshop structures and sizes: Which written sources and archaeological references attest the size and structure of enterprises? Can conclusions be drawn about the number of employees, production volume, sales and trade etc.? In which cases is it possible to reconstruct work processes from the archaeological features?

Localization of trade: It is generally assumed that workshops which posed a high fire hazard or which otherwise "disturbed" their surroundings (smell, noise,…) are located on the edge of a settlement. Does the current state of research support this hypothesis? Where are workshops located and are there differences in the localization of different industries?

Resource extraction: The extraction of resources, be it raw materials for the products themselves or materials for the production process, is trade specific. Does the process of resource extraction influence the choice of location and how is the procurement of resources structured?

Sales and markets: How and in what form can the chain "producer - retailer - recipient" be retraced? Can different distribution systems for commercial end products be identified? Which businesses moved into the vicinity of potential customers and where did it work the other way round?

Position in society: An interesting question will also be what position the different traders had in society. Did some trades offer the possibility to climb up the social ladder or to reach a certain status? As at the last meeting of the WSVA of the AG Römerzeit, we will pursue an interdisciplinary approach.

Speakers from all fields of archaeology, natural sciences and ancient history are cordially invited to present their research and current projects on this topic.

Abstract length: 500 characters
Length of talk: 15 - max. 20 min.

Please submit the abstracts to the speakers of the AG Römerzeit to:

At the Kiel congress there will be the possibility to present posters. If you would like to present your thesis or project on other topic of provincial Roman or Roman research within this framework, you are also cordially invited to submit posters.

In particular, we would like to address our young colleagues with this congress in order to further develop networks among the university sector and research institutes.

Information on past conferences of the AG Römerzeit can be found at the following address:

*Hoards in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages **– Practices, Contexts, Meanings –*

05. September 2019, Philipp Weiss - Aktuelles

*Value Concepts *
*Hoards in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages **– Practices, Contexts, Meanings –*

October 9-10, 2019
Frankfurt a. M., Germany

Organisers: AG Spätantike und Frühmittelalter (Study Group on Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages), Römisch-Germanische Kommission Frankfurt, Institut für Archäologische Wissenschaften der Universität Frankfurt.
Please download the programme here:
Further information:

Attendance free. Participants of the conference are kindly asked to register by mail to until October 6, 2019.


*Anna Flückiger | *Dr. des. | Assistentin

Universität Basel | Departement Altertumswissenschaften | Ur- und Frühgeschichtliche und Provinzialrömische Archäologie

Petersgraben 51 | 4051 Basel | Schweiz

Tel +41 61 207 23 43

5th Ancient Philosophy Workshop for Female Graduate Students and Early Career Researchers

04. September 2019, Philipp Weiss - Call for papers

5th Ancient Philosophy Workshop for Female Graduate Students and Early Career Researchers, Berlin, April 14-15, 2020


We invite submissions by female graduate students and early career researchers (within five years of completion of their PhD) for the 5th Ancient Philosophy Workshop to be held on April 14-15, 2020 at the Humboldt University Berlin. This workshop is organised by Women in Ancient Philosophy and sponsored by the Research Training Group Philosophy, Science and the Sciences of the Humboldt University Berlin. Our goal is to provide young and highly talented female philosophers and classicists with the opportunity to present their work and interact with each other. Papers should be about 5000 words long. They can treat any topic in Ancient Philosophy; we aim to put together a selection of Presocratic, Platonic, Aristotelian, Hellenistic, and Roman Philosophy. Papers will be blind-reviewed.
Format of the workshop: this is a pre-read conference; sessions last 75 minutes (15 minutes summary of the paper + 60 minutes discussion).

Accommodation and travel expenses up to 600 Euro will be covered for all speakers.

Keynote Speaker: Rachel Barney (University of Toronto)

The submission deadline is: 1st December 2019.

Please send the following to in .pdf format:
(1) A cover letter that contains (a) the author’s name, (b) institutional affiliation, (c) contact information, (d) the title of the paper, (e) a word count;
(2) The paper itself (around 5000 words including footnotes), including the title and a short abstract (no more than 250 words), with no information identifying the author or the author’s institutional affiliation.

You will be notified of your status by the end of January 2020.

Please contact us with any questions: Juliane Küppers (

Affiliated Research Project:
Research Training Group Philosophy, Science and the Sciences
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Hannoversche Str. 6
10115 Berlin

Camina Latina Epigraphica

29. August 2019, Philipp Weiss - Aktuelles

Camina Latina Epigraphica, 4.-6. September 2019 is a “Themenkonferenz zum Akademienprogramm” of the German Union of the Academies of Science.

Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften
Unter den Linden 8 · 10117 Berlin
Konferenzraum 07W04

Mittwoch 4.9.2019
15.30–16.15 Begrüßung, Marietta Horster (BBAW, CIL), Peter Kruschwitz (Univ. Reading), Silvia Orlandi (AIEGL, Rom)
Christian Traditions and Innovations: Late Antiquity to the Early Modern Period (1)
16.15–17.00 Intertextuelles aus der Metallwerkstatt. Zur Verbreitung metrischer Inschriften auf Objekten der Schatzkunst (9.–13. Jahrhundert), Clemens M.M. Bayer (Bonn / Lüttich)
17.00–17.45 Versinschriften der Frühen Neuzeit im Corpus „Deutsche Inschriften“ – Rückbesinnung auf antike Formen? Christine Wulf, Katharina Kagerer (Göttingen)
18.15–19.15 Keynote: Carolingian Epigrams, Cécile Treffort (Poitiers)
ab 19.30 Empfang (Foyer Unter den Linden 8)

Donnerstag 5.9.2019
Christian Traditions and Innovations: Late Antiquity to the Early Modern Period (2)
09.30–10.15 The epigraphic impact of the death of children as represented in the Christian CLE, Maria Teresa Muñoz García de Iturrospe (Leioa)
10.15–11.00 Concerning Fuchs 13: a case study on the characteristics of very late carmina Latina epigraphica from Trier (Augusta Treverorum), Victoria González Berdús (Sevilla)
11.30–12.15 CLE cristianos en San Lorenzo extramuros (Roma), María Limón Belén (Sevilla), Javier del Hoyo Calleja (Madrid)
12.15–13.00 A Saint’s Life?: Une nouvelle approche pour le CLE 1356, Alberto Bolaños Herrera (Sevilla)
North African Cities
14.30–15.30 CLEAfr.: sui vari supplementi, con ulteriori recenti aggiornamenti da Cirta, Simitthus e Thignica, Antonio Corda (Cagliari), Attilio Mastino (Sassari), Paola Ruggeri (Sassari)
15.30–16.00 Pause
16.00–16.45 Unique women in Roman Africa. A case study of Urbanilla (CLE 516), Concepción Fernández Martínez (Sevilla)
16.45–17.30 Hidden data: recording the metrical errors of the carmina epigraphica into a linguistic database, Nóra Paulus (Budapest)
17.30–18.15 Luxurius und die epigraphische Tradition der Proconsularis, Manfred G. Schmidt (Berlin)

Freitag 6.9.2019
Latinitas in the Balkans and the Danube Region
09.15–10.00 Constantius heros - Some notes on CLE 1335 and Pannonia, Petér Kovács (Budapest)
10.00–10.45 Honourands in the Carmina Epigraphica Pannoniae: An Investigation into Local Traditions, Fehér Bence (Budapest)
11.15–12.00 Gli epitaffi metrici (o affettivi) per/di militari tra la Dalmazia e il Danubio, Matteo Massaro (Bari)

Italian Carmina, a fresh look and new data
13.30–14.15 Iscrizioni metriche latine da Capua, Cristina Pepe (Caserta)
14.15–15.00 Idem et tibi dii faciant – Versuch einer Ergänzung zu H. Thylander, Inscriptions du port ‘Ostie, A 282, Ekkehard Weber (Wien)
15.00–15.30 Abschlussdiskussion;

Jägerstr. 22/23
D - 10117 Berlin

HOMO TEXTOR: Weaving as Technical Mode of Existence

22. August 2019, Philipp Weiss - Aktuelles

17th-18th September 2019, Kerschensteiner Kolleg, Deutsches Museum, Munich

The Research Institute for the History of Technology and Science at Deutsches Museum, Munich, and the ERC Consolidator project ‘PENELOPE: Weaving as Technical Mode of Existence’ are happy to announce the conference 'HOMO TEXTOR: Weaving as Technical Mode of Existence'. HOMO TEXTOR is an interdisciplinary conference rethinking ancient weaving and pattern technologies as paradigms for order in ancient Greece and exploring ancient weaving as a technē at the junction of art, craft and technology. We want to address ways in which the distinctive logic of weaving and its patterns shapes modes of thinking about order in a range of domains.
The conference will take place at the Kerschensteiner Kolleg of Deutsches Museum, Munich, Museuminsel 1, 80538. Attendance is free; for registration please contact

Tuesday 17th September
09:00 Coffee and registration
09:15 – 10:30 Introductory part
- Welcome by Helmuth Trischler (Deutsches Museum)
- Ellen Harlizius-Klück (Deutsches Museum) ‘HOMO TEXTOR: an Introduction’
- Margarita Gleba (Cambridge) ‘Archaeology of Textile Production and Consumption in Archaic Greece: State of the Art and Future Directions’
10:30 – 10:45 Coffee break
10:30 – 12:15 Weaving as Order in Ancient Greece – Part 1
- Kalliope Sarri (Athens) ‘Modular Patterns: a Survey on the Textile Origin of Neolithic Design’
- Deborah Steiner (Columbia) ‘Temple Dressing: Sacred Architecture and Textile Design’
12:15 – 13:30 Lunch break
13:30 – 15:00 Weaving as Order in Ancient Greece – Part 2
- Adeline Grand-Clément (Toulouse) ‘Poikilia, Geometry, and the Patterns of Nature in Greek Archaic Mind’
- Giovanni Fanfani (Deutsches Museum) ‘How Poetry Appropriates Technology: One Methodological Point in the Study of the Vocabulary of Ancient Weaving’
15:00 – 15:15 Coffee break
15:15 – 17:45 The Textile Production of Weaving and Song
- Annapurna Mamidipudi (Deutsches Museum) ‘Touch, Memory and Song: Knowledge of the Socio-Technical Ensemble of Weaving’
- Anthony Tuck (Amherst MA) ‘Woven Witness: Mnemonics, Textiles, and the Myth of Philomena’
- Gregory Nagy (CHS, Harvard) ‘Reflections on References to Textile Technology in the Diction of Archaic Greek Lyric and Epic’ (via Skype)

Wednesday 18th Septmeber
09:00 Coffee
09:15 – 10:45 The Textile Production of Knowledge and Science - Part 1
- Ellen Harlizius-Klück (Deutsche Museum) ‘The Rapport of Weaving and Geometry in Archaic Greece‘
- Lars Hallnäs (Borås) ‘The Textile Expression Gap’
10:45 – 11:00 Coffee break
11:00 – 12:30 The Textile Production of Knowledge and Science – Part 2
- Denise Y. Arnold (La Paz) ‘Comparative Reflections on Andean Weaving as Science’
- Victoria Mitchell (Norwich) ‘Braiding and Dancing: Embodied Rhythm and
the Matter of Pattern’
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch break
13:30 – 15:00 Pattern Machines – Alternative Histories – Part 1
- Caroline Radcliffe (Birmingham) ‘The Machinery: Challenging the Automaton. Creative Resistance and the Nineteenth Century Cotton Worker’
- Ebru Kurbak (Vienna) ‘Rewiring Women and Electronics: Textiles as
Radical Tech-Art’
15:00 – 15:15 Coffee break
15:15 – 16:45 Pattern Machines – Alternative Histories – Part 2
- Julian Rohrhuber (Düsseldorf) ‘Merge, Weave, Trap. Programming and the
Paläoanthropology of Concepts’
- Alex McNeal (Deutsches Museum) & Dave Griffiths (FoAM Kernow, Penryn) ‘Closing the Loop between Live Coding and Ancient Greek Technology’
16:45 Sum-up and prospects

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